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A Fake Of A Fake

The picture above, courtesy of the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, shows the Little Singer Building at 561 Broadway as it looked in 1973, when it was designated as a landmark. The building was constructed in 1903 as the Singer Building and picked up “Little” when the Singer company constructed the big tower a …

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A Happy Detail

One of the sources I’m mining for both images and topics is the alphabetic index to the HABS and HAER collection. I looked at it today and “fink trusses” jumped out at me, so here’s a fink truss roof in the machine shop of the New Haven Railroad, in New Haven. It was constructed in …

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Internet Discussion: Oriel Chambers

I got sucked into a discussion about Oriel Chambers (photo above by Matěj Baťha), an 1864 office building in Liverpool with very open facades, starting here: First, obviously, Oriel Chambers is a fantastic building. Nothing I say here should be construed to mean that I think anything else. The word “skyscraper” is quite subjective, and …

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